In the February 1983 issue of Video Games you could have seen what games were worthy of keeping your eye out for as well as articles on the Atari 5200, the Games Network (playing games through a cable provider), Super Pac-Man, and even an interview with the legendary Ralph H. Baer.
It is the second interview in the magazine that interested me more in my youth, when Sue Adamo sat down to chat with Marty Ingels on his role as the titular Pac-Man from the Hanna-Barbera Saturday Morning series that ran on ABC from September 1982 until November of 1983. Ingels was well known for being married to The Partridge Family’s Shirley Jackson and being the voice of Beegle Beagle from The Great Grape Ape Show as well as being the voice of Autocat from Motormouse and Autocat.
He was also a talent agent which is how he landed the gig for providing the voice for Pac-Man…because originally he was trying to get in touch with 20th Century Fox by phone for his client Robert Culp (The Greatest American Hero)!
So grab your favorite beverage and take a moment to read that 1983 interview from Video Games magazine.
Here is that second page.
Now that you know some of the behind the scenes events that landed Marty the role, why not take 12 minutes out of your busy schedule and watch The Greatest Show In Pac-Land!
[Via] Denzel Crocker
I have quite a lot of love for Hanna-Barbera’s Speed Buggy. It is one of the earlier programs I can vividly recall watching every Saturday morning, laying on my stomach in the middle of the living room floor with a big old bowl of sweet, sweet Boo Berry cereal.
[Via] Cartoons Intros
The other day I had a free moment and spent it visiting a local flea market. I happened upon a Speed Buggy board game from back in 1973, released by Milton Bradley. I was sorely tempted to pick up after I did a quick check to see the condition of the board and if all the pieces were present, it all looked good but the price was just too much for my blood. At least I was able to snap a photo of it, that is the image I used up top.
I certainly do not recall ever seeing the game back in the day although I do remember a comic book series from Charlton Comics and of course Speed and Tinker being part of the Laff-A-Lympics as members of the The Scooby Doobies. Thanks though to the always awesome BoardGameGeek I learned how not just the gameplay was handled but can share these great photos.
The game is designed for 2-4 players. By using a spinner, the player moves their personal Speed Buggy the number of moves they earned, interestingly enough a player must travel only in a straight line and they must use all of their moves – if a player finds themselves at an obstacle or end of the board and still has moves they must turn their Speed Buggy over losing their next turn as they right it. I find those rules really gives the illusion of racing around the track!
Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.Com
Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.Com
I’m keeping my eye on some listings for the Speed Buggy board game on ebay…I might just make a video of a playthrough if I can get my hands on it!
Ever wonder what the full lyrics are for the Top Cat theme? Good! The image above should sort that out for you!
Need the song to sing along with? Good, the video below should help you out…
Would you prefer to hear the original UK version of the theme – aka Boss Cat? Hooray, I’ve got you covered for that too…
I’m assuming you all know that, in the UK, “Top Cat” was renamed to “Boss Cat” to avoid confusion with a (now discontinued) brand of cat food with the same name. When the cat food was discontinued, the show switched to its original name.
This concludes your irregular Top Cat trivia post. Lyrics from Top Cat discovered on the Twitter feed of Andy Riley.
Welcome back friends to another installment of Toon In, the time of the week where we can share with you a classic animated short or cartoon for your viewing pleasure. This time we have 1940’s Puss Gets The Boot, released theatrically by MGM and marking the first short in what would become the Tom and Jerry series.
Puss Gets The Boot was even up for an Oscar but lost to another MGM classic piece of animation entitled The Milky Way. While Puss Gets The Boot was Directed and written by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna it has been said they gave the credit to their short to their friend and animation instructor Rudoplh Ising as way to thank him. You will notice that Tom in this short is named Jasper, it wouldn’t be until the duo’s second outing in 1941’s The Midnight Snack that they would become Tom and Jerry.
Just a heads up, the human character in this short, Mammy…is as you can imagine a caricature of the day… thankfully though in this case the original lines have been dubbed, the audiences of 1940 heard dialogue that poked fun at her intelligence.
So let’s Toon In and see how Puss Gets The Boot!
Tom And Jerry – 001 – Puss Gets The Boot (1940) from Girish Kumar on Vimeo.
No matter if he goes by Jinx or Jerry…the little guy usually wins in the end, right?
Blink and you’ll miss the car commercial that is “hidden” within this live action version of the Wacky Races. How can you be expected to pay attention to the ad portion for the Peugeot 208 when you are dumbfounded by how well the characters from the 1968 Hanna-Barbera animated series are represented?
[Via] Jesse Edgar
Now go ahead and take a look at the intro for the 1968 cartoon.
[Via] Superspoon21’s Channel
The only thing missing from Peugeot 208 commercial was Rufus Ruffcut and Saw Tooth in the Buzz Wagon, Professor Pat Pending in the Covert-A-Car, and Lazy Luke driving the Arkansas Chuggabug with his friend Blubber Bear!
So what I’m saying Hollywood is if this French car commercial can provided a live action version of that animated series and keep the humor intact, it’s time for Adult Swim or someone to get on the ball and deliver the Wacky Races television series we deserve!
Muttley for the WIN!!
Since 2001, Warner Brothers has released direct-to-DVD animated features featuring Tom & Jerry. The newest release is set for June 25, 2015 and features the cat and mouse teaming up with Jonny Quest in an adventure titled “Spy Quest.” It seems like such an odd team-up that I have to watch it when it is released. Other Tom & Jerry animated films have teamed them with Sherlock Holmes and The Wizard of Oz but this is the first to team them with another Hanna-Barbera creation.
Plus, I’m a big Jonny Quest fan so hopefully this will spark a renewed interest in that franchise and receive some animated feature films of its own. I don’t mind the straight-to-DVD format for these. The Scooby-Doo and DC Comics ones have been successful and Jonny Quest would fit that format.
Here is the trailer for the film.
Welcome back to another episode of Sci-Fi Sunday and while what we are sharing today might not be quite as awesome as The Mini-Munsters from the last Saturday Frights, we still think it’s pretty special. It’s the 1973 offering from the ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, the pilot in fact for the Lost in Space animated series! This pilot differs a little from the original live action series in a few key ways. Dr. Smith (The only returning member of the original TV show cast) is aboard the ship as a passenger and not in an effort to sabotage the voyage and kill the Robinson family. While the Robot is present it is named Robon and is used as a flight control for the Jupiter 2 instead of tagging along with the crew. The crew itself is different as we now have Craig Robinson and his younger brother Link along with a geologist named Deena Carmichael who is on board because she is headed to the Saturn space station.
So pop up some popcorn and grab your favorite beverage as we take in a viewing of the Lost In Space animated series pilot here on Sci-Fi Sunday. The show is split into 7 parts so just follow the link to watch the rest of it!